10 Sep '11, 7am

New Californian bill marks a major victory for global shark conservation

New Californian bill marks a major victory for global shark conservation 09 September 2011 | News story On September 7 2011, the California State Senate passed an Assembly bill that effectively prohibits the sale, trade, and possession of shark fins within the state. This landmark decicion will shortly close one of the biggest markets for shark fins outside of Asia. Shark “finning” is the wasteful practice of cutting off a shark’s fins and discarding its carcass at sea. Finning is driven by the discrepancy between generally low value shark meat and high value shark fins, a traditional, luxury seafood product in Chinese cuisine which retail for an average of US $100/kg. Strong demand for fins contributes to the fishing pressure on shark populations around the world. For more info on shark finning, please visit: http://www.iucnssg.org/index.php/finning The IUCN Red List of T...

Full article: http://iucn.org/about/work/programmes/marine/?8205/ca-sha...

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